“Today we hit rock bottom”said the technician of Lima Alliance, Carlos Bustos, after the loss to Cultural Santa Rosa on penalties. “There are no excuses, we were a disaster”, said the coach of academic, Ángel Comizzo, after lose to Deportivo Coopsol. Failure is the word that defines the fleeting participation of the compadres in the Bicentennial Cup 2021, both eliminated in the first round against two teams from League 2 that proved to be up to the task.
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From the outset it is known that the Bicentennial Cup, a contest that takes place while the Peruvian team is playing the Copa América, grants a place to the next edition of the South American Cup as Peru 4. If the champion qualifies through League 1, the quota goes to the eighth of the accumulated table. In the last edition (2019; it was not played in 2020 due to the pandemic), Atlético Grau from Liga 2 was the winner and entered the continental tournament for the first time in its history, being eliminated in the first phase.
But beyond how important it is to secure an international championship in the middle of the year, the early elimination of alliance and the ‘U’ brings with it more problems.
At the beginning of this year, Conmebol announced an economic increase of 25% in prizes for the South American Cup. Of the 47.2 million dollars invested in 2020 will now be 58.960 million. Of which, 225 thousand are delivered to all the teams that play the first phase. If they win this round, the clubs will enter the group stage and receive an additional $ 900,000. Melgar, for example, who finished second in his area in this edition, received 1,245,000 dollars.
Blue and white and creams lost that first chance to have the Sudamericana in their pocket. Especially the intimate team that this season has not played any international tournament, something that it did from 2017 to 2020.
The compadres will now have to put everything in phase 2 of League 1 to seek the title and, in the worst case, qualify for an international tournament. There is no margin of error for either. It is all or nothing.
The elimination not only puts the future of the two most popular clubs in Peru at risk, it also affects football. No tournaments in sight Alianza and the ‘U’ will not play again until July 16, when phase 2 of the local championship starts.
The grones will surely take advantage to recover their injured (Hernán Barcos felt in the game against Cultural Santa Rosa) and do a mini-season with the reinforcement that, according to what they have announced in an intimate store, would be yet to come. Especially considering that, after the CAS decision, the Carlos Bustos He did not have time to do a preseason and with two weeks of work he went to the ring in his first game.
On academic, meanwhile, you should find an alternative to learning to play without Aldo Corzo, Jose Carvallo ni Alex Valera. The three, undisputed starters in the team, were summoned by the selection for the America Cup and possibly they will be called in the following matches of the ‘Bicolor’ for the Qualifying 2022. There are dates in September, October and November.
“Alianza Lima cannot be represented in this way. It’s a wake-up call”, declared Busts. “Surely we have to rethink many things”, indicated Comizzo. The two technicians, frustrated by the prompt removal, have a month to work and find solutions. Phase 2 will be decisive for both teams.
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